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Spotlight on QBD: Canberra Centre , ACT


Our Canberra team have a slew of recommended reads for you!

If you're not sure what book to pick up next, just ask and they'll sort you out!


Kingdom of Ash by Sarah J Maas:

The book I'm most excited for this Christmas is definitely Kingdom of Ash. As the final book in the fantastic Throne of Glass series, Sarah J Maas promises to deliver another lethal dose of her trademark powerful women, immersive fantasy and emotional anguish. If you enjoy young adult fantasy and haven't already read this series then now is the time to start!

Pick up your copy in store from October 23 and let me vent to you about how much I love Dorian. – Charlotte

Pig the Grub by Aaron Blabey:

Pig is shamelessly naughty and back to teach his next lesson about cleanliness. Aaron Blabey's rhyming and wonderful illustrations make for an engaging read. Pig the Grub is a delightfully simple and fun story, bound to make any child or adult smile no matter how many times it's read.
- Alice

No Friend But The Mountains by Omid Tofighian & Behrouz Boochani:

Both an account of the ongoing imprisonment of refugees at Manus island and a literary exploration of life in seemingly perpetual imprisonment, No Friend But The Mountains is a tragic, yet beautifully written book. Translated via texts sent from within the detention centre, I would recommend this book as necessary reading for anyone interested in the situation of refugees coming to Australia. While it makes for difficult and even confronting reading, the experiences and writing of those on Manus remind us that hope and free expression can be found in the darkest of places. - Yann

Sisters' Entrance by Emtithal Mahmoud:

Of all the books in store, the one I recommend most often is Sister's Entrance, by Emtithal 'Emi' Mahmoud.

Emi is a UNHR Goodwill Ambassador & winner of the 2015 Individual World Poetry Slam. Her poem 'how to translate a joke' (featured in Sisters' Entrance) has over 150k views on Youtube, and speaks with a clarity and eloquence that is as breathtaking as it is educational.

Her poetry is alive and kicking, making Sister's Entrance perfect for countering any who believe that poetry belongs to aging academics, dead playwrights, and Banjo Paterson. -Jerzy

Skulduggery Pleasant 11: Midnight by Derek Landy:

The latest book in the fabulous series, Midnight is another rollicking read from start to finish. As always the banter and sass between Skulduggery and Valkyrie is the highlight of this amazing writing. A funny, engaging yet dark read that builds on everything the series has given us so far and then goes a little further. Sherlock Homes meets Harry Potter with a dash of Doctor Who. A recipe for great quotes and a team that you'll wish you were cool enough to be a member of.

A wonderful read for kids aged 9 and up or adults that want an easy read that won't bore them to tears.
(contains violence and magic/horror themes) -Cai

The Fall of Gondolin by J.R.R Tolkien:

Step back into Middle-Earth with The Fall of Gondolin, the swansong of Christopher Tolkien and illustrator Alan Lee. The Fall of Gondolin completes a trio of extended tales alongside The Children of Hurin and Beren and Luthien, and is just as prosaic as one expects Tolkien to be.
The book presents two versions of the tale, one a sweeping poetic epic, the other a more traditional narrative. Accompanying these are Christopher Tolkien's notes on his father's work, and Alan Lee's beautiful illustrations.

If you're a Lord of the Rings fan like me, don't miss this one last adventure in Middle-Earth! - Glen

Nine Perfect Strangers by Liane Moriarty:

One of her best releases so far, Nine Perfect Strangers explores the world of health retreats and the lives of the nine people who attend this life changing one. Even with many unexpected twist and turns this is still a light and heart warming title. I read this book in a day, and what a day it was!

Perfect for anyone who love Australian fiction! - Sarah

Lethal White by Robert Galbraith:

After an agonising 3 year wait, Robert Galbraith (JK Rowling) is back with the 4th installment of the Cormoran Strike series. After finishing Career of Evil on what can be described as a 'mic drop' cliff hanger, leaving us fans screaming what happened next?!

From the first page you are reunited with Robin & Strike where things are a bit tense since the Career of Evil. As they hire their next client, a simple case of blackmail turns into something much larger leaving you guessing until the very last pages.

Lets hope we do not wait another 3 years for the next book, but while you wait I highly suggest you check out the BBC tv series of Strike to ease those cravings. -Courtney

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What We Read: Toombul Edition

Our talented book lovers at Toombul have put together a list of books

(other than Harry Potter) that everyone should have on their shelf!


Altered Carbon by Richard Morgan:

A grim and gritty dive into an all too feasible future, Altered Carbon is a mile-a-minute noir thriller that blends classic hardboiled detective stories with a high-tech futuristic setting where death is obsolete, for a price. Following in the footsteps of classics like Bladerunner or Ghost in the Shell, Richard Morgan creates a compelling and deeply faceted thriller that will keep you guessing until the final page. - Lindsay

The Nowhere Child by Christian White:

Set in Melbourne, Kim Leamy's life is thrown into turmoil after a stranger believing that she is a girl that disappeared 28 years ago from Kentucky. The Nowhere Child had me hooked in from the very first chapter with the deep characters reminiscent of Stephen King. This is dark, melodic suspense done right and it is easy to see why this has won the Victoria Premier's Literary Award. - Rose


The Essex Serpent by Sarah Perry:

Beautifully written, with wonderfully complex and compelling characters, The Essex Serpentwas a book I loved living in. In turn unsettling, heartwarming, and witty, this was my book of 2017. Each sentence is a marvellous construction, and the novel's meditations on love and friendship show the many forms that both can take. - Maddie


Nevernight Chronicles by Jay Kristoff:

Mia Corvere had her first lesson in death when she was 10. Six years later, hellbent on revenge, she journeys to The Red Church, an academy/cult for assassins. To keep her promise, she must prove that she has no equal amongst a group of the most deadliest murderers, liars and daemons. Mia has an advantage though. She is no ordinary girl. The shadows love her, and they drink her fear.

The Nevernight Chronicles follows Mia’s journey of revenge, through the twists and turns of conspiracy and corruption that lie within the red walls and on the streets of Godsgrave.
This series has it all - humour, adventure, murder, bloodlust and a dash of sarcasm. It is perfect for anyone who loves fantasy, and will have you on the edge of your seat. The only issue is having to wait until next year for the gripping finale! - Zoe

Colorless Tsukuru Tazaki And His Years Of Pilgrimage by Haruki Murakami:

An intelligent, slow burning journey of a man who feels colorless and has been affected for sixteen years by his sudden banishment from his close knit friend group whose names all meant a colour; except his. Drawing on Kafka-esque themes of isolation, our protagonist Tsukuru seeks out his old friends to discover the reason for his exile, and maybe his colour. - Matt

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What We Read: QBD Fountain Gate

This week our Fountain Gate team let us know all about their latest reads!
There's something for everyone's TBR in here!

Woman In The Window by A J Finn:

If you loved Girl on the train, you will love Woman in the Window. It's about a woman called Anna Fox who becomes agoraphobic after a traumatic experience. Anna lives alone never leaving her home. Spying on her neighbors. Anna soon becomes fascinated by the Russells' family. One day Anna hears a deadly scream coming from the Russells'. Thinking someone has been murdered see calls the police. After explaining what she had heard, no one believed her as Anna drinks at least 2 bottles of red a day and was medicated. Anna then doubts herself. If what she heard was real or just in her mind. Anna continues to follow the Russells to get down to the truth. A must read! - Joanne

Thoughtless by S.C. Stephens:

A love triangle like no other. This book is full of love and heartbreak. You will fall in love with Kellan Kyle lead singer of a local band and Keira with her boyfriend Danny starting a new life in a new town. You can feel the pull of the love that can not happen and the struggles of one with a heartbreaking past. Follow the journey and enjoy Thoughtless with more books that follow , Effortless and Reckless. - Daniela

All The Bright Places by Jennifer Niven:

‘All The Bright Places’ is a heartbreaking tale of friendship and love between Theodore Finch and Violet Markey. The story conveys hope whilst remaining true to the characters in the novel. A good read for those who like the work of John Green. - Chanelle

The Love That I Have by James Moloney:

Margot Baumann is a young German girl who adores Hitler and wonders what it is like to be in love. She starts working in the mailroom of a concentration camp in 1944 when her naive view of the world irrevocably changes. Rather than destroy letters written by prisoners' as ordered, she secretly smuggles some, intending to forward them on to their loved ones. Letters between Dieter and his girlfriend Margot affect her so deeply that she is able to bravely and positively intervene where once it seemed all hope was lost. Powerful, unforgettable and heartbreaking. Fans of The Book Thief will love this book. - Nola

The Tattooist of Auschwitz by Heather Morris:

This is a raw story of life and love in Auschwitz-Birkenau. A confronting and uplifting tale of survival.
Based on a true story of an immigrant to Melbourne; it transports you to a time and place in history almost unimaginable to readers today. - Antonia

What We Read: QBD Doncaster Edition!

Today our Doncaster bookworms tell us all about what the have been reading!
There's some truly great reads in this list, perfect to snuggle up with on a cold winter's night!

The Cruel Prince by Holly Black:

“Of course I want to be like them. They're beautiful as blades forged in some divine fire. They will live forever. And Cardan is even more beautiful than the rest. I hate him more than all the others. I hate him so much that when I look at him, I can hardly breathe.”

The Cruel Prince is a treasure – a triumph of character and story. This book is Holly Black in peak form; delightfully dark and deliciously wicked, set in a complex and lush world you can't help but want to visit. If you like faeries, romance, and fantasy novels, The Cruel Prince is a must read for teenagers and grown-ups alike! With swoon-worthy romance, adventure, and whip-smart characters, this is a book I will definitely re-read again and again! (Plus – who could go past this beautiful cover?!)

Perfect for fans of Tessa Gratton, Naomi Novak and Sarah J Maas. - Melanie

Anatomy of a Scandal by Sarah Vaughan:

In this gripping, intertwined, relationship crime novel set in contemporary England. Anatomy of a Scandal shows that whatever class you are born into, your crimes will always be detected. The story line also describes that even if you are married to the perpetrator, and love them with your intense loyalty, the deception and reality cannot be ignored. This novel is about consequences and revenge. It is a story that touches on the Me Too movement by reinforcing that the power of women will prevail and will overrule the evil behaviour of men. - Annabel

Cell by Stephen King:

Stephen King brings us into a world where the mobile devices we use every day begin to broadcast a “pulse” signal when being used that turns humans into mindless, feral, cannibalistic zombies. The story follows Clay, an old fashioned kind of guy that does not own a cell phone, desperately trying to escape the chaos ensuing in the city to get back home to his family hoping it’s not too late for them. King pulls us into a ride of emotions versus the supernatural and shows us that when we are faced with what could be the end of humanity, it can bring out the worst in us and make us do unspeakable things for our own survival and to protect those we love. A roller coaster ride of thrills, twists, and turns, a must read for any Stephen King fan or lover of zombie fiction. - Paul

The Upside of Unrequited by Becky Albertalli:

Meet Molly, the cousin of Abby from Love Simon (don't you love it when authors use the same universe for their books? I know I do), she's never had a boyfriend, or a girlfriend for that matter though girlfriends are more of her sister's kind of thing. Molly doesn't understand how two people can just meet and be perfect enough for each other that they fall in love, what are the chances of that? That kind of thinking begins to change when she meets Will and Reid, one a cool hipster boy the other a Tolkien nerd.

Becky Albertalli is quickly becoming one of the most recognisable young adult authors, with three books, one film released and a second on its way. She's just what the younger readers of the 21st century needed, tacking issues of self-esteem and sexuality. The Upside of Unrequited is an incredibly refreshing book as it isn't held back by previous generations taboos. Same-sex parenting, pansexuality, and self-love are comfortably part of the characters lives.

This book and Albertalli's two others are some of my most highly recommended books for anyone interested in teen romance and normalising LGBTQ+ relationships. - Peta

Maybe Someday by Colleen Hoover:

Maybe Someday is one of those books that leaves a lasting impression long after you read it. Her writing is filled with layers upon layers that she reveals to the reader. The choices the main characters make are incredibly real and the emotions she manages to draw upon is nothing short of extraordinary.

This is one of my favourite books by Colleen Hoover and I'm a huge fan. She is that author that I am comfortable to buy without reading any reviews, as I don't think she's done anything yet that I haven't loved. Make sure you find a comfortable spot to read this, you won't be moving until the very end.

“I wanted your heart more than I've ever wanted anything. The second I reached down and held your hand in mine, it happened. My heart made its choice, and it chose you.” - Ravy

Weirdest Stories by Paul Jennings:

Among the drudgery of new found adult issues and the rise of nostalgia at an all time high with the Incredibles 2 release I decided to revisit the stories of my youth, to a simpler time. Weirdest Stories did not disappoint.

I found myself transported back to a childish innocence that asked the question; what if? With stories ranging from plants growing out noses, mind reading, lip smacking with ice sculptures, bullies and a beetle that turn skin invisible, these short stories that had fascinated me in my youth and silently captivated classrooms with their out of this world situations still stand bizarre and entertaining as ever. A true Australian author, Paul Jennings really captures a Stephen King crossed with Andy Griffiths vibe for kids ages 8-12 (and those young adults nostalgic for a bit of Aussie weirdness similar to the tv show and book "Round The Twist" which Jennings also wrote).

I feel a little bit of sadness with the lack of attention these classic stories get now but if you or your child decide to give this book a flick I promise you won't be let down. Other nostalgic books you should visit if you enjoy this include: Spookiest Stories, Funniest Stories and Trickiest Stories all by Paul Jennings and Selby's Secret by Duncan Ball. - Natalie

The Tattooist of Auschwitz by Heather Morris:

If you enjoyed reading Night by Elie Wiesel or The Book Thief then your next adventure in historical fiction should be The Tattooist of Auschwitz. Based on the true love story of Lale and Gita Sokolov's survival in Auschwitz, Lale’s unwavering strength and optimism through the horrors of the holocaust is a beautiful demonstration of the determination of humanity and the triumph of love, even in the darkest times. - Hannah

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Worlds of You by Beau Taplin:

Worlds of You by Beau Taplin is an inspiring and empowering poetry book separated into two parts: Love and Spirit both offering insight and comfort.
Beau Taplin was previously a songwriter and I feel that definitely gives him an edge that other poets just don't have. Every poem and prose has an easy, lyrical flow and as you read each one you can really feel the emotion from the author.
This book is just absolutely beautiful. The cover art, the feel of the cover, the simplicity and of course Beau's unique way of words are all stunning. I finished reading this book over a month ago but I'm not ready to put it on my shelf just yet. I still have it sitting on my bedside table so I can easily pick it up and flick through it often!- Bel

Ah Well, Nobody's Perfect by Molly Meldrum:

There once was a boy from Quambatook called Ian Meldrum, who moved to the city, got a job in a bank, and then became Molly, a music legend, writing for Go-Set, producing 'The Real Thing' & providing the soundtrack to our lives on Countdown & Hey,Hey It's Saturday.
Ian "Molly" Meldrum is an absolute legend! I laughed my head off with the funny & outrageosly silly antics Molly has put himself,family & friends through.
A must read for any music tragic like myself who remembers the good 'ol days of Countdown & Hey,Hey!!- Sal

The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas:

Inspired by the Black Matter movement,this is a powerful & gripping YA novel about one girl's struggle for justice. This book is a fantastic read that has a relevant message for our time. -Lara


Me Before You by Jojo Moyes:

A beautifully, heart-warming, gut-wrenching story of adventure, love and determination. When colourful, bright, ordinary Louisa Clark meets stubborn, moody, wheelchair-bound Will Traynor, neither are prepared for the way their lives would change -Katie


The Dry by Jane Harper:

Australian crime fiction alw1ys has a unique feel to it, from the familiar characters to the slang. The setting too, like many Scandinavian crime novels, is incredibly unique – the vast expanses of the Outback are often as much a character as the detective or the suspects. With her debut novel, Jane Harper uses this with aplomb. Despite the land being so open and free, the heat of a drought and judging eyes of a small town give the writing a sense of intense claustrophobia. The Dry is home to many crime fiction tropes – the lone wolf detective, the small town with big secrets, a parallel mystery stemming from the protagonists childhood – but Harper makes them feel unique with the distinct Australian tinge. There are plot points that could occur no where other than the Australian outback, and the main character of Aaron Falk is gruff, hardworking and honest – decidedly Aussie values. The clever buildup of the investigation will keep you turning the pages, and the writing knows exactly when to speed up and slow down. There’s a reason The Dry has won so many awards – don’t miss it! - Jamie

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